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Sunday, August 28, 2011

JUDE - Stand Firm in the Faith

I've got one brother.

I love him dearly.

We were born only three years apart, and growing up we were fast friends. I can remember all the hours we spent together – playing army or detective or shipmates. Or the times we assembled car and plane models – (man, we got loopy on that stupid old glue!) Or when we went on family adventures.

My brother was a lot of fun.

Sure, he teased me unmercifully (what are brothers for?) – but he was always someone very special to me.

Now, what if he had come to me one day and announced that he was the Son of God?

I'm thinking I would have quickly told my parents, whom I'm sure would have gotten him some immediate psychological help…

So, I wonder what it was like for Jude – one of Mary and Joseph's sons, Jesus' half-brother.

Did he think his brother was crazy?

"Who does Jesus think he is?? I mean, evidently he thinks he's the Messiah – but I've never heard of anything so preposterous! Son of God indeed! He's just a poor carpenter's son like all the rest of us. What has gotten into him? I sure hope insanity isn't hereditary."

The Bible makes it clear that Jude and the other brothers of Jesus did not follow Him during His earthly ministry. ("For even his brothers didn’t believe in him." – John 7:5) And I think that makes perfect sense. Would you believe one of your siblings if they came up with this impossible claim?

But, something happened to dramatically change that perspective.

The Resurrection.

One of the reasons that I completely believe in the resurrection of Christ, besides the fact that I completely believe the Word of God, is this transformation of His brothers. Nothing in life could have altered their view of Jesus unless it was a life-altering event.

And an empty tomb is the evidence of that life-changing miracle.

So, when Jude, now a strong believer in Jesus CHRIST (the anointed Messiah, the true Son of God), has something to say – I want to pay close attention.

The book of Jude speaks out against an outbreak of false teaching. In the beginning of the book, he explains the situation that prompted his letter – (incidentally, it's a different letter than he had planned to write). I find it interesting that Jude, who at one time most likely thought his brother was a false teacher, now finds it extremely urgent to fight against those who do not believe the Truththe truth that God had revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ.

What does Jude tell us about false teachers?

1. They are ungodly.
2. They will worm their way into our churches.
3. They will say that God's grace allows us to live immoral lives.
4. They will claim their own authority.
5. They will defy other forms of authority.
6. They will scoff at supernatural beings.
7. They will do what their natural instincts tell them.
8. They will deceive people for money.
9. They will flatter others to get what they want.
10. They will brag loudly about themselves.
11. They will create divisions.
12. They are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck believers.
13. They are selfish, shameful people who are doomed to destruction.
14. They do not have God's Spirit in them.


Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" is Jude's call to remain faithful:

"But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love." (Jude 1:20-21)

Yes, we are called to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, but we must uphold each other while we do it. We must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. We must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure.

We must remain rooted and grounded in the Lord whom we trust.

Jude knew that his brother, Jesus, was the Way, the Truth, and the Life – that's why I listen to his words of encouragement…

Remain firm in your faith.
Trust in God's promises for your future.
Don't be tempted to give in to sin.
Don't be afraid or give up in despair.
God will keep you from falling.

"All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen." (Verses 24-25)

Hey, Jude – thanks for the great word today!

How do you remain firm in your faith – and how do you fight against false teaching?

(Linked today with Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays, and Peggy at Soaking On SONday. Please feel free to hop on over to my other blog during the week - Sharon Sharing God)

"When in doubt, search God out!"


  1. Questions I've wondered about Jude, too. You know I've seen this happen quite often -- those who are against the things of God are the ones who make the best Christians. By best I mean go after the things of God with as much vigor as they lived for Satan.

    I enjoyed this, Sharon. Great digging in the Word!


  2. WOW and blessings Sharon... Another God-incidence! If you read Andrew Murray's Day 28, you'll understand this better.

    Cute memory and sharing of you and your brother!
    And what a turn around to Jude and Jesus. You really know how to DIG and make this so interesting! I learn so much from you... and your Bible Pick'ems too!!!

    So hey JUDE... thanks for the call to stand firm and be faithful to God! To beware of false teachings and know the Truth! I remain firm by staying in God's Word, strengthening myself when I'm weak (and not well nourished in the Word and time with other Christians living for Him)! I think it's important that I surround myself with believers being in a S.U.M. (I learn how to yoke properly). Many times I've had to learn by my mistakes of trying to fight or battle with false teachers... when I know better than that. Oh well, live and learn is not the right way but better than not learning at all.

    I so agree with so many of your points but this one stands out: "called to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, but we must uphold each other while we do it. We must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. We must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure." such wisdom!!!

    Love the sum of Jude's words of encouragements, you certainly have a wonderful way of sharing God;s Word...I delight in reading your words!

    Always...love and peace and a big hug<3
    ahhh my word verification was "a bless"

  3. I didn't know Jesus had brothers or that Jude was one of them. It's all so fascinating

  4. I did not realize this either. Thanks for sharing your findings.

  5. Pamela - Great insight! Yes, I see exactly what you're talking about. I think we do well to remember that fervor we had when we first believed. We must never let that flame of devotion go out!

    Peggy - How very sweet your comments are. I am blessed by the things that you share with me. Isn't it a joy to be serving the same Lord together?! False teaching is becoming more subtle, and therefore, more dangerous. We do well to listen to Jude's words - and take them to heart. Beware...

    Nikki - I was blown away by this, too. It really makes the words come alive when you understand a bit about who Jude was. Incidentally, the book of James was also written by one of the Lord's *half-brothers*. Another one who didn't believe in Him, and then became a leader in the Jerusalem church.

    Alice - I'm glad to share that information. Kinda makes that little book of Jude more powerful, huh?!



"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!